Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Demi Vance's four goal haul led the way as Glentoran enjoy Cup rout

Demi Vance

There were goals galore in the quarter-finals of the Coca-Cola NI Women's FA Cup as the four fancied teams made it through the the semis – three of them doing so with high scoring wins.

All four Premier League sides progressed at the expense of opposition from Championship level or below – a series of results that had been expected when the draw was made.

And that makes for a pair of tasty semi-finals with the draw throwing up a Big Two battle between Glentoran Belfast United and Linfield Ladies, while Mid-Ulster Ladies will face Crusaders Strikers on Monday August 19.

Glentoran Belfast United had the most comfortable passage into the last four when they hammered 11 goals past a stunned Loughgall Lakers team without reply.

Northern Ireland international Demi Vance led the way for the Glens with a superb four-goal haul, while Kelly Bailie netted a hat-trick.

The other goals came through a Nadine Caldwell brace and one each from Claire Rea and Nina Montgomery.

There was also a hat-trick for Linfield's Emma McAleese as the Blues' girls booked their place in the semi-finals with an 8-0 win over Killen Rangers.

Mairead McCann scored two with Danielle Ennis, Amber Dempster, Kirsty McGuiness sharing the other goals.

Crusaders Strikers rubber-stamped their recent return to form when they progressed to the last four, also by scoring eight goals.

They comfortably swept aside the challenge of The Cliff Larne Ladies with an 8-1 victory to show that despite a couple of league defeats they are still a major threat when it comes to silverware this season.

Jessica Doran and Danielle McDowell scored two goals each and Amy McGivern followed up her first senior international appearance last week by scoring.

Nicole Connolly, Amy Burdon, and Clare Carson were also on target to help secure their team's progress in the Irish Cup.

Mid-Ulster Ladies may not have matched the goalscoring exploits of the others, but they too made comfortable progress, beating Dromore Amateurs 3-1.

Adele Gillespie marked her return from a long term injury with a goal, while recent signing Sarah Connolly also found the net.

Last week's international game, Irish Cup fixtures and the holiday period mean the Concentrix Premier League is now on a break, apart from one fixture tonight, which sees the Ballymena Allstars host Crusaders Strikers, with the winners moving clear in second place in the table.

RESULTS: COCA- COLA QUARTER FINALS: Linfield 8 Killen Rangers 0, Dromore Amateurs 1 Mid-Ulster Ladies 3, Crusaders Strikers 8 The Cliff Larne Ladies 2, Loughgall Lakers 0 Glentoran Belfast United 11.

FIXTURES: CONCENTRIX PREMIER LEAGUE (Tonight): Ballymena United Allstars v Crusaders Strikers (Ballymena Showgrounds (7.30pm).

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